According to long time adviser Mike Koncz, the Pacquiao camp is unfazed by unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s move to hire southpaw Zab Judah as his sparring partner.
“We don’t care about it,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Nobody in this world can do what Manny [Pacquiao] does inside the ring. Zab Judah is a southpaw just like Manny, but he can’t be like Manny in many ways that’s why we’re not bothered.”
Last week, Mayweather tapped the two-division former world champion Judah (42-9 record with 29 knockouts) to be part of the undefeated American’s training camp.
Judah and Mayweather fought in 2006 in Las Vegas with the latter pulling off a unanimous decision win.
Koncz remained calm and apparently unperturbed, describing Pacquiao’s first week of training with assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune as spectacular.
“Everything is fine and great. That’s what all I can say. I don’t want to act rude with somebody but we lockout Manny’s training and I can’t discuss anything more to you about it. I know you people will understand it,” he said.
Mayweather, the reigning World Boxing Council and Super World Boxing Association welterweight champion who holds a 47-0 win-loss record with 26 knockouts, will fight Pacquiao (57-5-2 record with 38 knockouts) on May 2 in a mega bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Koncz also said that Pacquiao’s long time trainer Freddie Roach will arrive early this week from Macau.
Roach, according to reports, hired Kenneth Simms Jr. and Rashidi Ellis as Pacquiao’s spar mates.